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BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Badger cull proposals rejected

The government has decided against a cull of badgers in England to control TB in cattle, the BBC understands.

The policy announcement, which was due to be made next Monday, goes against the recommendations of the former Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King.

No surprise there, there is more money in political donations from cuddly badger lovers than from anyone interested in actually controlling this plague.

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Great Blog, Sir!

As you can imagine, here in the North of Shropshire we are overjoyed that our cuddly little brock friends are to be spared the Xyklon-B treatment. I mean, should our pedigree herds catch a dose of TB we can always pop down to pedigree herds 'R' us for a replacement.

Hurrah for our brave government!

It's just a thought, but if farmers are so bothered about badgers spreading diseases, why can't farmers cull the badgers? Why do they have to rely on the State to do it?

I only ask because I want to know.


TE - Badgers are protected, so farmers however willing to do the dirty deed aren't allowed to.

Sorry guys, the lil' blighters have been downgraded to 'class C' varmint and are now under personal protection of Don Brown as his mascot. Besides that cows are evil because they fart too much and so... they must die!

Andrew -- dead badgers dug in deeply don't tell no tales...

I was under the impression that all research done on the subject had indicated no decline in bovine TB after substantial badger culling, and consequently as it appeared to be completely ineffective, why bother?

Secondly, as Sir David King has shown himself time after time to be a complete fucking idiot, one would consider that doing the exact opposite of anything he recommended to be the best course of action.

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